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“The perfect Swiss experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Butschels, Kandersteg 3718, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Kandersteg B&B and Inns
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“The perfect Swiss experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Location: it was walkable but not that near the train station, especially if you have luggage. But Peter fetched us and sent us there when we left, and we didn't travel out of Kandersteg while we were there, so wasn't a problem.

Surroundings: The house is in the middle of a field which was blooming with flowers when we were there in June. Waterfall, river, cliffs - I never thought it would be possible to stay at such a location without pitching my own tent.

The house: restored to a good sturdy state but retaining the charm. Yes, the wooden stuff creaks, but that's part of the charm. The house itself was like an attraction for us with all its lovely details.

The hosts: welcoming, friendly, accommodating and attentive. Special mention - first night dinner we mentioned we don't take alcohol, then on the second night they prepared two types of desserts; one with and one without alcohol. That says a lot.

The room: we got the triple room Arnica, which was on the second floor. It had a low ceiling, which suits us short folks just fine, but still run the risk of bumping our heads. Beds and pillows were comfortable and clean, and we slept well. There was a multi outlet plug board for charging all our gadgets. One window opens to a field. Another window on the roof lets in plenty of sunlight. We wake early anyway, and we were hardly in the room when it gets hot in the afternoon, so that was a good thing for us.

The bathroom: it was right outside the room but for our private use. I cannot comprehend how it can be so spotlessly clean. For lack of a better word, the bathroom was really CUTE. The hand basin had separate taps for hot and cold water. The shower had great water pressure. The water was initially too hot but we later figured it would be just nice if we turned down the flow a bit. Water stays in the shower area and the rest of the bathroom remains dry and clean. Sufficient towels and paper provided.

Meals: breakfast is usually around 8.30am and consists mainly of cold food but there is toast as well. We requested to eat early and our hosts not only accommodated us but also accompanied us at the table. It was delightful with so many kinds of spread and jams which I would never have tried otherwise. And also different kinds of milk, cheese and bread. Dinner is usually around 7-7.30pm. We had rosti and sausages the first night, and the second night I wasn't familiar with the names of the food so I didn't quite catch them. Definitely enough food to go around, and we love how there's always salad. Everyone sat around the table after dinner and had a good time chatting and laughing. Even though we don't talk much, we enjoyed listening to all that was going on at the table.

The pets: I am scared of dogs. But their dog Anchor is a joy to have around. I do get startled sometimes when she brushes against my leg wandering around the dining table, but on the whole I liked her. I generally prefer cats but hardly saw Snorkel around, though she did visit our room once or twice.

The experience: I didn't plan to stay at Kandersteg at first, so I really booked the Hayloft for the experience, and it was totally worth it. It made our Swiss holiday complete. Walking in the area was good too, with great advice from Peter so we could go somewhere less touristy and fitting our level of fitness.

The bad: expectations for subsequent accommodations need to be adjusted

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our Travel agent was lucky enough to find this treasure and pass it along to us. Peter, the owner was a true gentleman and a wealth of knowledge when it came to what there is to do in the area as well as keeping us entertained and engaged in our much too short 2 days at this gem. The house is beautiful and each room has its own character. If we are so lucky as to return to Switzerland, this will absolutely be on our agenda.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Liivng in Switzerland, it is easy to find accomodation that is not only beautiful and in an idylic spot. What is difficult is to find a warm, genuine welcome, attention to detail and to be involved with a super family (we are in love with the dog and the cat). Nothing was too much trouble for Kerry and Peter and we really enjoyed the meals around the family table. They more than deserve their Award of best bed and breakfast. A wonderful romantic, funny (we will never live down losing the dog's frisbee on the roof!) and thoroughly enjoyable 3 days.

Room Tip: The rooms are small (the Chalet is 500 years old) but cosy and charming
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

4 friend and I stayed in the Hayloft for one night. I visit the Swiss Alps area very often, as I leave close to them, and I have never been sleeping in a more idyllic and perfect house! Moreover, Kerry and Peter are very welcoming and nice, they will make your stay fun for sure from the moment you put your feets in there. If you come to the area make sure you visit them! We were sleeping in a 6 beds room, super cozy, and we woke up with a view of the mountains, green fields and waterfalls directly in front of us. The breakfast we had was great! On top of this they have a "too much" friendly cat and a funny dog who loves to play with a frisbee!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We arrived on May26th and stayed through the 28th. After spending two weeks in Europe - Zermatt, Cinque Terre, Venice, Salzburg, and Munich - this was our favorite. The B&B is a 500 year old refurbished farmhouse. The room we stayed in - The hayloft - was spectacular and was the orginal hayloft in the farmhouse. It was a family style room with a loft with two beds and a double bed below. We had four adults in the room and were very comfortable. The best part was the breakfast where you sat at the table with the hosts and the other guests. What a great way to start the day. It would have been easy to sit at the table and talk until lunch. Peter had great knowledge of the area. We only met Kerry the last morning as she was out of town but instantly felt at home with her. Together Peter and Kerry are the perfect hosts for a bed and breakfast.

It was great location - quite and scenic - with a beautiful waterfall behind the house. We were able to walk into town and had access to some great hikes.

Our only regret is we only had three nights. When we return, we will be staying longer and using this as a base to travel to other areas. Highly recommended and thank you Peter and Kerry for a memorable holiday.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is a long overdue review... I've stayed at the hayloft in late August 2012, and returned again in April 2013, and both times, it was just fantastic.

Kandersteg has become my favourite place in switzerland, mostly thanks to Peter and Kerry! Peter always has the best tips on where to go in kandersteg, and Kerry really makes us feel welcome and is such a great host! They both seem to really enjoy what they do, and as a result, staying at the hayloft was such a wonderful and unforgettable experience. I'd never forget their very entertaining stories of sailing around the world, and of marmite! :) It was a great pleasure meeting them and the rest of the family James, anchor and snorkel!

The house itself is located in a quiet location about 10 -15 minutes on foot from the train station, with open fields and surrounded by mountains. Simply walking up the driveway to the house was such an incredible breathtaking experience. I would always stop each time to marvel at the scenery surrounding the house. Within the house, you can see the great attention to detail they put into decorating the place.. even the bedsheets were lovely! The hayloft (big family room) was spacious and functional, and the twin room (lavender) has a really nice and big yet cozy bathroom downstairs.

The house itself is about 500 years old if i remember correctly, and Peter and Kerry has done a great job restoring it into such a beautiful home. Thank you so much for sharing your home, i hope to be back again soon!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maarssen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We knew Kandersteg from the trainstation to Goppenstein, on the way to our yearly winter-ski-holidays. So what does Kandersteg has more to give than just a trainstation...

We spent the very last weekend of April 2013 in "The Hayloft", recommended by friends of us, expads from Holland, living in Baselbiet.

The wheather "could be better"...
BUT, the extraordinary, very nice receipt of Kerry, and Peter later on, was great!

Saturdayevening, joining with these two people was "never to forget". Same as the departure on the mondaymoning. Homesick already before Thun...

Apart from all of this, is the very cosy and very tastefull interior of this B&B! A truly "must have been" in Switzerland.

Tornero!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Butschels, Kandersteg 3718, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Kandersteg
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kandersteg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hayloft is 1200m above sea level, south-facing and stands in about two acres of its own meadowland. The property is bordered by a trout stream and is very quiet; it has its own private access track and there is NO passing traffic. We have a superb outdoor hot tub for you to use. The house boasts stunning mountain views (over 3,600m) in every direction, clear views of glaciers and a magnificent waterfall. The Hayloft is about 1 mile from the centre of the village of Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. Kandersteg is a rural working village but has a parallel tourist-based economy. The village has all the expected range of facilities without losing its unique Swiss atmosphere. ... more   less 

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